Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole is a most gorgeous book. I gave it to my nephew, Douglas, who just turned seven years old. The most unusual thing about this book is that it's a storybook with no words. Douglas can now read, but even if he couldn't, this book could still convey the story clearly though the amazing artwork. Luminous and fine pencil drawings are visually quiet, but succinct in their storytelling. On a small farm in Civil War Era Virginia, someone incredibly brave is hiding in the barn. You can guess from the title who it might be, but don't worry, this little history lesson is suitable for small children. I also like the way the young girl does the right thing, even against the implied wishes of powerful men. A happy enough ending is perfect for introducing children to literature in a way that shows them one must sometimes use a little bit of their own imagination. Ages 4-8
Spent many years in Hawaii, but am now living vegan on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, near St. Michaels. Stopped eating meat and went vegan in Spring of 2010. Married and live with one great rescue dog.